Mariae (MA-RI-YEY) Habijan (HA-BI-HAN) owns this new
restaurant in Marikina City, one of the many restaurants lining the new
food street in this city. She is quite a story teller.
Mariae loves to travel but realized soon enough that her dream of becoming
a flight attendant wasn't the right calling for her. As fate would have it,
she read in a magazine one day about an airplane-themed restaurant in
Taiwan, and that lit a light bulb in her wandering mind.
Mariae's mom is a businesswoman. The family owns a small school in Marikina
as well as a bus company and a printing business. The mother eventually
came to her daughter's assistance and helped her put up this restaurant
they call Passenger Seat.
The interiors of the restaurant easily calls to mind images of an airport
and the interiors of an airplane.
Mariae had no background in the culinary arts, so she took out to have a
culinary degree before she opened her own restaurant, a simple one that
caters not to the elite.
The restaurant was a novelty in this area where there are more bars than
restaurants, and the interiors certainly worked well for the residents of
Without any background in managing a restaurant or any business for that
matter, Mariae found that the challenges of owning and running something
like this was full of challenges that she herself had to surmount.